Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Ainslie makes the cut!

Triple Olympic sailing medallist Ben Ainslie has further staked his claim to the sole British Finn berth for Beijing, sweeping to victory today (18 December) at the Sydney International Regatta.
The four-day event was the first of a potential four regattas to be used as selection trials in the heavyweight dinghy class between Ainslie and fellow Skandia Team GBR sailor Ed Wright, with the reigning Olympic champion assuming pole position from the first day amidst a mixed bag of conditions in Sydney Harbour.
Wright pulled up into third place with the help of a race win and two seconds from the penultimate day of racing on Monday, but with a scorecard boasting six race wins from the eight race series, Ainslie was unshakeable from the top of the leaderboard. At the site of his first Olympic victory in Sydney Harbour, Ainslie struck gold again – 17 points ahead of the 2006 World Champion Jonas Hoegh-Christensen of Denmark in second with reigning World Champion Rafael Trujillo in third. -http://www.skandiateamgbr.com/team/